The other day, my daughter Madison and I got to talking about just how busy little children can be. She mentioned the fact that she’s finding it harder to make connections now that she’s a mother with two busy kids under foot. I get it—I remember how busy it was back in the day, when my kids were young, and how much I craved the company of others in the same stage of life.
Thankfully, the church offered a program for women like me, who needed a break, even if just for an hour. The friendships and encouragement I found at “Ladies Morning Out” was a lifeline during those early years of motherhood. Surrounded by like-minded women, I was uplifted and inspired by their wisdom and experiences. Together, we navigated the challenges of motherhood, studied God’s Word, and built meaningful friendships. “Ladies Morning Out” will always hold a special place in my heart as a reminder of the importance of fostering connections with like-minded women during life’s most challenging seasons.
As I got to thinking about that today, I was reminded that a supportive community is not only desired by women today, it’s essential for fostering personal growth and lasting connections.
Psalm Chapter 1 emphasizes the importance of surrounding ourselves with likeminded believers, while demonstrating how these relationships enrich and fortify our faith:
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:3)
This beautiful imagery speaks to the spiritual nourishment and personal growth that result from being part of a supportive community of believers.
God knew what He was doing when He created friendships, fellowship, and church families. He knew that the bonds formed within these supportive communities could provide emotional and spiritual sustenance, as well as practical help in navigating challenges such as motherhood and marriage. He knew that people like you and I weren’t created to be alone, but rather to thrive in the company of those with likeminded faith.
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Read Psalm Chapter 1.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1, NIV)